Ep 177: Elephant Hunting 101 With Kevin Robertson


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Kevin Robertson is back again today to follow our discussion from last week up with a more detailed conversation on elephant hunting. As always, he has some great stories to share with us I’m sure you’ll learn a lot from today’s podcast, even if you’re not ever planning on going elephant hunting yourself. I know you’ll also appreciate our discussion on ballistics specifically as they relate to elephant hunting.

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What We Covered

1) Story demonstrating how things can go wrong on an elephant hunt.

2) What typical shooting distances are like on elephant.

3) Detailed discussion on terminal ballistics as it relates to elephant hunting.

4) What ideal shot placement is like on elephant for the frontal brain, side brain, and heart shots.

5) Why the frontal brain shot is so difficult to execute.

6) What Kevin considers the ideal cartridges and bullets for elephant hunting.

7) How to judge elephant trophy quality.

8) Where you should go elephant hunting.


I highly recommend purchasing a copy of Kevin Robertson’s books It Shouldn’t Happen and The Perfect Shot II if you think you might want to hunt in Africa one day for almost any species of game, to include leopard. This was a revolutionary book when Kevin first published it back in the late 1990s. It’s still an incredibly useful resource, especially the updated edition that’s currently in print.

If you have an upcoming hunt in Africa or if you’re just dreaming about hunting in Africa one day, then you NEED to buy this book and carefully study what he has to say. The information inside it is invaluable and reflects Kevin’s decades of hard earned experience as a professional hunter in Africa. If you pay attention to what he has to say and use the book as a guide to prepare for your hunt, you will increase your odds of success, reduce the chances of something going wrong, and have more fun over there.

The same goes for It Shouldn’t Happen, which is a fun, easy, and entertaining read.

Go to thebiggamehuntingblog.com/kevin to buy your copies and help support The Big Game Hunting Podcast in the process.


Below are the photos Kevin references in the episode from his book The Perfect Shot.

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